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National Parks in the San Francisco Bay Area: Where To Take Your Kids

When most Northern Californians think of National Parks, Yosemite looms large. Perhaps Lassen, Sequoia and Kings Canyon come to mind for the more outdoor-minded. What so many don’t realize is that the National Parks Service manages a number of historical and natural sites of interest all over the nation, many of which are in urban …

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Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco with Kids: 8 Top Things to Do

My hometown of San Francisco is one of the most popular family travel destinations in the world.  I’m lucky enough to live in the middle of it all with my two kids!  Of course, like many travelers, I occasionally take my hometown for granted and don’t experience everything it has to offer.  I’m making 2016 the …

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Guide to Lake Tahoe Ski Resorts With Kids

Winter is in full swing and the slopes are open!  If you are preparing to take your kids on a Lake Tahoe ski vacation, there are a lot of resorts to choose from.  Here is a guide to the major Tahoe ski resorts with kids, with information to help you make a family-friendly and budget-friendly choice. Important Features …

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Exploring California Missions: Mission San Rafael Arcángel

This post is part of a series by bloggers around California to visit and explore the California missions with kids.  The 21 Spanish missions in California were established by the Catholic priests of the Franciscan order between 1769 and 1833.  These religious and military outposts were designed to be a day’s walk from each other, …

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Wine Tasting in Calistoga, California

Just north of its better-known California wine country cousin, Napa, is the small resort town of Calistoga.  My husband and I recently had the chance to visit Calistoga for a weekend getaway to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary.  We had a relaxing time staying at the historic Indian Springs Resort, known for its geothermal heated pool, …

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OAK vs. SFO: Why Family Travelers Should Choose To Fly Oakland Airport

San Francisco is a very popular destination for family travel.  With kid-friendly attractions, excellent food, and moderate weather, family travelers flock to the Bay Area year round.  Casual tourists are sometimes unaware, however, that the Bay Area is served by three major airports: San Francisco (SFO), Oakland (OAK), and San Jose (SJC).  Many travelers, including locals traveling to …

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